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Revised North Platte River RAMP available for public comment

 


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rawlins Field Office (RFO) has made the revised North Platte River Recreation Area Management Plan (RAMP) and environmental assessment (EA) available for public comment until Sept. 6.

In response to public input, the RFO has completed site specific inspections and modified the RAMP to include the following preferred alternatives:

1. Boat-in Campground- Only a primitive campsite with boundary signs proposed.

2. Corral Creek Campground- Develop horse corrals and improve river access.

3. Bennett Peak Campground- Remains as originally proposed with additional parking and boat ramp expansion.

4. Prospect Undeveloped Recreation Site-Improve access road for safety, and reduce resource damage from erosion and run-off.

5. Big Creek Undeveloped Recreation Site-Maintain existing access on current two-track connecting Forest Service Road 211.

6. Special Recreation Permits (SRPs)- Up to three new SRPs would be considered every other year until reaching Middle Country limits.

“Most of the comments we have received so far support the preferred alternatives that the BLM has put forward,” said Serena Baker, public affairs specialist for the BLM High Desert District Office.

BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Chris Jones said the BLM will most likely issue a decision in mid-September.

“The field manager has three days, between Sept. 11 and 13, to review and give a signature,” he said. “The final statement would probably be issued Sept. 14.”

Written substantive comments are requested by Sept. 6, and may be emailed to BLM_WY_North_Platte_River_RAMP@blm.gov (please include “RAMP Comment” in the subject line), or mailed or hand-delivered to the BLM RFO, North Platte RAMP, P.O. Box 2407, 1300 N. Third St., Rawlins, WY 82301.

Before including an address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in a comment, one should be aware that their entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While one may ask in the comment to withhold personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the individual below during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the below individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

For more information, please contact Chris Jones at 307-328-4206.

 

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